by Paullette Gaudet
Sprinklers, Sparklers, and Slushies: It’s never too early to prepare a hot weather cooling strategy—Summer’s almost here!!! For those sizzling days when it feels like your wine just can’t ever get cold enough to cool you down, here are a few Wine Slushie ideas to try out:
Sangria lends itself well to frozen form: combine ice with a dry, fruity red—like Granacha (Spanish-grown Grenache), or Bonarda from Argentina—a splash of orange juice, ripe chilled watermelon chunks, agave syrup (if desired) and a touch of tonic water. Blend, pour, garnish with a fresh orange slice, and sip!
Sparkling Frozen Lemonade contains its components in its name: blend ice with a sweeter sparkling wine like Prosecco and lemonade, then enjoy all of that crisp lemony goodness through a wide straw!
Mint-Basil Slush features fresh mint and basil leaves, a fruit-forward red like Pinot Noir, ice cubes and a couple twists of fresh ground black pepper: blend and garnish with a sprig of mint before sipping with a smile!
Pinot Peachio keeps white wine drinkers happy by blending a crisp Pinot Grigio with ice and frozen peach slices, keeping a couple of those peachy spears reserved for garnish.
Straight-Shooter Slush keeps it simple with a 2-to-1 ratio blend of frozen red wine cubes and frozen water cubes, garnished with a few frozen red grapes. Stick a straw in it and call it good!
What other icy wine combinations sound good to you?? Share your ideas in the comments section!